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Population
Change fm 2010
Area (sq.mi.)
Land area(sq.mi.)
Altitude (ft.)
Rainfall (in.)
Jan. avg. min.
July avg. max.
Civilian labor
Unemployed
Wages
Per Capita Inc.
Prop. Value
Retail Sales

859,064
29.7
953.0
878.4
433–980
38.09
33.0
95.3
486,151
2.9
$3,274,601,808
$53,948
$108,642,770,919
$11,311,394,946

map of Denton County
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Physical Features: North Texas county; partly hilly, draining to Elm Fork of Trinity River, Lewisville Lake, Ray Roberts Lake, Grapevine Lake; Blackland and Grand Prairie soils and terrain.

Economy: Varied industries, colleges, horse industry, tourism, government/services; part of Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

locator map for Denton County

History: Land grant from Texas Congress 1841 for Peters colony. County created, organized, out of Fannin County in 1846; named for John B. Denton, pioneer Methodist minister.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 58.3; Black, 10.6; Hispanic, 19.5; Asian, 9.5; Other, 0.9; Two or more races, 2.7.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 10,040; deaths, 3,374; marriages, 4,404; divorces, 2,548.

Recreation: Lake activities, Ray Roberts Lake State Park and Greenbelt; universities’ cultural, athletic activities, including “Texas Women; A Celebration of History”; “First Ladies of Texas” collection of memorabilia; Little Chapel in the Woods; Texas Motor Speedway; Denton Jazz Festival in April.

Minerals: Natural gas.

Education: University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University, and North Central Texas College.

Agriculture: Second in market value of horses (more than 9,000 horses). Eggs, nurseries, turf, cattle; also, hay, sorghum, wheat, peanuts grown. Market value $123.2 million.

DENTON (140,400) county seat; universities, manufacturers of trucks (Peterbilt), medical, aviation; hospitals; historic courthouse square; storytelling festival in March.

LEWISVILLE (107,087) commuting to Dallas-Fort Worth, retail center, electronics and varied industries; hospital, library; Celtic Feis & Scottish Highland Games in March.

Flower Mound (77,982) residential community, library, mound of native grasses, bike classic in spring.

Carrollton (141,488, also in Dallas County), hospital.

Other towns include:  Argyle (4,281) horse farms/training, bluegrass festival in March; Aubrey (3,416) horse farms/training, cabinet construction, museum, peanut festival early October; Bartonville (1,772); Copper Canyon (1,484); Corinth (23,647); Cross Roads (1,932); Draper (33); Dish (457); Double Oak (3,289); Hackberry (1,163); Hebron (444); Hickory Creek (5,196); Highland Village (17,279); Justin (3,927); Krugerville (1,978); Krum (5,319) commuters, old grain mill, heritage museum, North Pole Days in December; Lake Dallas (7,559) light manufacturing, marina, historic downtown, Mardi Gras.

Also, Lakewood Village (708); Lantana (8,345); Little Elm (47,343) real estate, retail, lake activities/beach area, summer concert series; Northlake (2,958); Oak Point (4,033); Pilot Point (4,648) light manufacturing, horse ranches, Fireman’s Fest in April; Ponder (2,162); Providence (6,398); Roanoke (8,408); Sanger (9,087) distribution center, commuters, government/services, lakes, Sellabration in September; Shady Shores (3,204); The Colony (45,579) retail, business offices, industrial firms;  parks, nature trails, salute to veterans on Veterans Day; and Trophy Club (13,485) commuters, retail.

Part [26,579] of Dallas, part [7,813] Fort Worth, part [44,500] Frisco, part [5,316] Planoand small parts of Coppell, Celina, Prosper, Southlake, Westlake.

Fishing on Ray Roberts Lake

Fishing on Ray Roberts Lake. Photo by Robert Plocheck.